13 April 2016
We are pleased to announce an Environmental Permit has been granted for CEMEX UK Operations for the restoration of part of the former Eversley Quarry complex known as Chandlers Farm.
The restoration scheme requires the importation of around 200,000 tonnes of material in order to partially infill the existing water body. This will create an adequately drained landform suitable for a proposed artificial hockey pitch and spectator facilities. The scheme could have been completed using either primary aggregates from adjacent mineral workings or inert waste materials from third party sites.
WYG’s Minerals and Waste Planning & Permitting team had previously secured planning permission for the restoration scheme. With our knowledge of the site’s history we were able to gain approval for the site to be restored using inert waste materials under the conditions of a recovery permit. This allows these waste materials to be put to a beneficial use and ensures a positive legacy for the local community of Eversley.
The approval of this scheme comes at an important time due to the uncertainty surrounding the restoration of former minerals sites and is one of the first schemes approved following a recent Court of Appeal Decision. In addition, it allows the Eversley Sports Association to release in excess of £500,000 of third party funding from Sport England and England Hockey.
Andrew Bowker, Principal Consultant, WYG said: “We are delighted to gain approval for this scheme from the Environment Agency which will allow the Eversley Sports Association to construct much needed sports facilities. The decision also represents a significant success for the minerals industry who are facing increasingly complex legislative barriers in order to comply with planning obligations.”